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Glowing phytoplankton light up California coast.

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Glowing phytoplankton light up California coast.

Glowing phytoplankton light up California coast.
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Tiny glowing phytoplankton put on a luminous light show along the California coast.

Photographer George Krieger captured video and photographs of a bloom of the miscroscopic plants in the coastal town of Big Sur.

Big Sur is home to some of the most breathtaking views in the US, but a recent bloom in bioluminescent phytoplankton has turned its waves into a full-blown spectacle.

Combined with a star-speckled sky, the entire scene lights up the night.

Reports of glowing waves down the California coast have spiked since early January, most likely due to a combination of high nutrient rates and calm conditions that form layers of highly concentrated dinoflagellates in the water.

Once the wind picks back up, the phytoplankton will likely be dispersed through the waves. In the meantime, tourists and locals are in for a special treat after sunset.